index cards WITHIN a document???

I am sure it’s possible. i feel like i have seen it… but, how?? i would like to rearrange paragraphs and sections of the document…and boy oh boy those index cards would help unscramble my head!

Could you explain what you mean? Index cards represent subdocuments of the selected document or folder.

All the best,

If I understand what you’re wanting to do, I think the easiest way would be to break your document into multiple documents (by paragraph or section—whichever works best for you). Then you’ll have an index card for each “chunk.” When you’re finished rearranging things, you can either merge your separate documents back into one document, or just let the compiler do that.

ok. so i am write a story that is within my project. it’s nearly 5000 words so it’s pretty long. but when i write the stuff comes rushing out and not necessarily in the best order. so i would like to use the cork board as a way to organize the sections i have written. do i need to create subdocuments (which by the way, i don’t know how to do) and copy and paste the sections (let’s say there are 10) from the main document into the subdocuments?

i appreciate your giving me a hand on this…

yea, i think you do understand. so to get an index card for each “chunk”, do i need to create subdocuments? and if so how do i do that?

Put the cursor at the place in the document (in the text, in other words) where you want to make a split, and use the menu item Documents > Split … (or use Command-k).

To see the Index cards, hit Command-1


Let’s say you have a three-paragraph document you want to reorganize. If you go to the top of the second paragraph, and hit Command+K (or go to Documents–>Split–>At Selection), Scriv will automatically split your document into two documents at your selection point. Then you can just repeat the process at the top of the third paragraph. Each of the three documents will have the same name, with a number appended. Alternatively, you can select the first word/phrase/sentence of the paragraph, and hit Option+Shift+K (or use the Documents–>Split–>With Selection as Title menu item), which will automatically title each document with the text you selected.

It sounds a bit complicated, but it’s really simple in practice. And if you decide you don’t like the result, you can just select the three documents (by holding down Command and clicking on each of them), and hit Shift+Command+M to merge them back together (or go to Documents–>Merge in the menu).

One of the things I had to wrap my head around when I started using Scrivener is that folders, documents, and subdocuments don’t work the same way that they do in, say, Word. Rather than having a folder that you store all of your Word documents in, and having to think about whether this should be a separate document, and how you’re going to go about merging these documents later if you do separate them, you can split and merge and rearrange them at will. It’s a little overwhelming, but it’s super-flexible once you start figuring it out.

One other tip, once you’ve figured out how the splitting up of the documents work… if you’re down to splitting up individual paragraphs, then you may want to see it on the index card (or at least the first part of it). To copy (part of) your text to an index card, view all of the sub-documents in cork board mode, select all of the cards, and then go to Documents->Auto-Generate Synopses.

If you’re not getting that fine-grained, then the synopsis is more useful if you sum up what is happening in the associated document yourself by just typing something that reminds you what is written there.

thank you!!! wow! i got it and this made my day!!!
scrivener isn’t just great… it’s damn fun.
thanks everyone for helping out a newbie.